26 NCAC 03 .0101             GENERAL

(a)  The Rules of Civil Procedure as contained in G.S. 1A-1 and the General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts as authorized by G.S. 7A-34 and found in the Rules Volume of the North Carolina General Statutes shall apply in contested cases in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) unless another specific statute or rule of the Office of Administrative Hearings provides otherwise.

(b)  The Office of Administrative Hearings shall permit the filing of contested case documents and other pleadings in the OAH electronic filing system (e-OAH), by facsimile (fax), or by electronic mail with an attached file either in PDF format or a document compatible with the most recent version of Microsoft Word. Faxed documents shall be sent to: (984) 236-1871. Electronic mail with attached file shall be sent by electronic transmission to: The faxed documents or electronic mail with attached file shall be deemed a "filing" within the meaning of 26 NCAC 03 .0102(a)(2) provided the original signed filing and the appropriate filing fee (if a fee is required by G.S. 150B-23.2) are received by OAH within seven business days following the transmission of the faxed documents or electronic mail with attached file. Electronic mail without an attached file as specified in this Paragraph shall not constitute a valid filing with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(c)  Every pleading and other documents filed with OAH shall be signed by the attorney, mediator, or other party who prepared the document, and shall contain the preparer's name, mailing address, electronic mail address, and telephone number. Documents prepared by an attorney shall have the attorney's North Carolina State Bar number.

(d)  Except as otherwise provided by statutes or by rules adopted under G.S. 150B-38(h), the rules contained in this Chapter shall govern the conduct of contested case hearings under G.S. 150B-40 when an Administrative Law Judge has been assigned to preside in the contested case.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 7A-750; 7A-751(a); 150B-23.2; 150B-23.3; 150B-40(c);

Eff. August 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2009; January 1, 2006; April 1, 2004; April 1, 2001; August 1, 2000; February 1, 1994; July 1, 1992; May 1, 1989; January 1, 1989;

Emergency Amendment Eff. October 1, 2009;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 2009;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2010;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2012;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2016; November 1, 2012;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 23, 2016;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2022.